The Tiger Temple

Saiyok District Travel Blog

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The cats weren't scary at all. I got more scared with the volunteers.

Third week of August 2007, I was in Ayuthaya, all ready and excited for my temple  sightseeing and photography tour. After travelling for more than 1.5 hours from Bangkok, I arrived in Ayuthaya ,but never got out of the car because it was raining so hard and did so for hours until my companions decided to go back to Bangkok. We planned to change our destination the next day to the Tiger Temple but it never happened as the rain continued to pour the whole day. Dissapointed and bored, I just stayed in Bangkok and drowned myself in Singha and more Singha.

Last March 27, 2008, I was in Malaysia and booked for a tour to the elephant sanctuary in Pahang.

Hey baby, can we take a pic together?
Everything was already set up with the travel agency(payment and pick-up time, activity schedule, etc.) I was supposed to be picked up at the meeting place at 6:30 am but I woke up at 8:30 and was a no-show at the pick-up place.

Moral lesson of the story, do not mix travbuddy meet-ups with seriously planned tours, like mixing business with pleasure. lol! During the TB meet-up at Kaohsan on Friday night, I reminded everybody that I'm gonna be a pumpkin by 12midnight because I was going to Kanchanaburi at 6:30 the next day and I can't afford to miss the trip because I already paid for the tour and that was my second chance to see the Tigah Tempoh. If I miss it, am gonna be a loser! Past 12 midnight, I didn't become a pumpkin, and Dodge and New ordered more Singha for me! I wouldn't resist ice cold Singha on a hot Bangkok night with travbuddies in good old Khaosan Road! I was a bit worried then for the trip the next day but what the heck, am enjoying the night.

He was playful.
Then finally Erna and Khoko said they wanted to go home at past 1 a.m. I'm saved. Now I could sleep at least for three hours which I did, and made sure that the front desk at Baiyoke Sky called me at 6:30 am soon as the tour van arrived the next morning. I woke up at 6 am and run to the restaurant and had my free breakfast in 5 minutes. By 6:30 am, I was already heading to Kanchanaburi.  

The heat was almost unbearable. 42 degrees! I kept on rehydrating and stayed in the shaded areas as much as possible. I instantly got an over tan and my travelmates from Australia became all red. We took the boat at the Kwai River and got off at the riverbank nearest to the road going to Saiyok District. Our driver met us when we got off the boat, did some tour at the war museum, then proceeded to the Tiger Temple after lunch.

He posed for me.
The buddhist temple where the tigers are kept is called WAT PHA LUANG TA BUA.

We arrived at the temple at 12:30 when the sun was at its hottest. I was already soaking in sweat but didn't mind the heat much as I was nothing but all too excited to see those amazing cats. The small cubs were first brought out in the tree-shaded area. Each of the 5 tigers were tied to a tree. The bigger ones were brought out next and the biggest was placed in the middle of the area with its chain from the neck pegged to the ground. The tourists took turns approaching this tiger from behind and cautiously stooped down to touch and caress the tiger's  back while somebody took pictures. Everybody followed the instructions given: No loud noises, no wearing of bright colors like red or pink, knees covered, no sleeveless shirts, and always stay on the tiger's side farther back.

Tigerbuddies
The tigers were all tame. From the shaded tree area, the tigers were led by the volunteers to the Tiger Canyon. The tourists can hold the tigers' leash and walk beside them while photos are taken. Walking the tiger was a first time experience and although it was just for a few seconds, that was memorable enough for me. Upon reaching the gorge, the tigers were rested and the tourists were again allowed to take phots with the tigers. By that time, I opted to stay in the shade because the heat was already too intense for me. There was free unlimited bottled water for everyone and huge electric cooler fans were positioned midway to the gorge entrance to give provide additional ventilation.

The Tiger temple was a memorable experience. Next, I'm going to be with elephants.

 

 

ted332 says:
It's okay dear. I was all set to go to Kanchanaburi the next morning even if we stayed up the whole night at Kaohsan. I could catch sleep anyway on the more than 2 hours long coach rides. But hey, I enjoyed Kaohsan more of course with the TB than with the tigers. Haha so they made you buy those shirts. They need to raise more money for the tigers' and probably the volunteers' Prozac. Ha ha! :)
Posted on: Oct 03, 2008
newtampo says:
If I read your blog before going there, I didn't have to pay 300THB more for the tiger T-shirt. My fault! :(
Posted on: Oct 01, 2008
newtampo says:
I didn't know that you wanna go back home that night Haha. Sorry that we did order one more singha :D:D:D But see, it's the way to help you remember us :D:D:D

Posted on: Oct 01, 2008
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He was playful.
He was playful.
He posed for me.
He posed for me.
Tigerbuddies
Tigerbuddies
Tiger got milk.
Tiger got milk.
The playful cat. I shot around 15 …
The playful cat. I shot around 15…
Serious pose.
Serious pose.
Vegetarian.
Vegetarian.
Tiger Canyon. Hottest day of my li…
Tiger Canyon. Hottest day of my l…
I did that for 5 seconds only.
I did that for 5 seconds only.
Play time.
Play time.
Tiger guru
Tiger guru
Now theyre talking.
Now they're talking.
Dont be hard o him, man.
Don't be hard o him, man.
Teletalk
Teletalk
water buffalos
water buffalos
We were caged for the Tiger march.
We were caged for the Tiger march.
Monk pick his nose.
Monk pick his nose.
Tiger Canyon
Tiger Canyon
375 km (233 miles) traveled
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